Hinterland: an area lying beyond what is visible or known.
— Oxford Dictionary Definition

Students competing for places at Oxford, the Russell Group and any competitive university are all high achievers and individual students need to demonstrate potential beyond their grades. Some come from affluent areas with strong parental support and opportunities to expand their horizons through travel, cultural and work experience enabled by school affiliation or family networks. Other students may be able to match the qualifications but will not have the same level of exposure to wider horizons.

This is where WA meets WP. The task of distinguishing true if raw talent and academic potential from mere excellence of education and attainment is complex and there is evidence that beyond attainment many students, their families and schools think that University is not for them – an assumption that is often badly informed.

Hinterland is all about building a wider horizon; intellectual curiosity; an appetite for independent learning and an openness to fresh and challenging ideas. Hinterland takes students out of their comfort zone. It is more than levelling the playing field; the Hinterland Programme seeks to develop employability attributes for the longer term. This means self-confidence, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, teamwork and resilience. In an age when life time careers in large Corporations are few and SMEs and start-ups the norm we ALL have to be adaptable.

The Hinterland Programme offers talks, seminars and events delivered in a University style. We take students out of the comfort zone of teachers they have known for an age; a school setting that they know as well as their homes and subjects that are well supported on line and in all manner of curriculum relevant support.

Hinterland is akin to being dropped in the jungle without a compass and just enough water to survive the first few days…

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Core Seminars

1. Critical Thinking

A platform to introduce university learning and approach.


2. Current Affairs

Students must be: Aware of the landscape of news, able to analyse and interpret news and events and able to form opinions on current events.


3. 2050

Future Proofing the ‘ZIG ZAG’ of Employability. Students beginning mapping ‘their’ career future.

Elective Seminars

Summer Summit

The Summer Summit offers selected students a varied full day itinerary of inspirational talks, a carousel of seminars and exhibitions – all delivered in a University style. Students will be pre-assigned to a group made up of students from different Schools and Colleges. The spirit of ALL Hinterland sessions is to promote the widest interests among students, and this means challenging a separation of students into two rival camps of the STEM versus the Arts.

The focus in all sessions will be:

  • steAm. Putting the arts in STEM. This will encourage a more rounded profile beyond core subjects.

  • Encouraging debate. Challenging students to work with others as a valuable attribute enhancing their individual profile.

  • A focus on University assumptions: (1). Intellectual curiosity (2). Independent learning and (3). Openness to fresh ideas.

  • A focus on Employability attributes: Self-confidence; critical thinking; problem solving; creativity; teamwork and resilience.

  • To simulate the social mix that students can expect from their first weeks at the University of their choice.

Hinterland @ Wyke 6th Form College, Hull

Hinterland @ Wyke 6th Form College, Hull